This is going to be a fairly long post so I suggest before you sit down to read it that you grab a cup of your favourite drink and then come back and relax.
It was about a couple of weeks ago that I went to stay with my daughter for a few days. They have to be the most exhausting days I've ever had. What with visiting the doctors for my routine checks, going to the craft fair to sell our things and then all the shopping we did not to mention that I took some orders whilst I was there and was sewing like crazy to finish them. I've only shown you my share, my daughter bought loads too.
Remember I did a post HERE about the wallets and fabric baskets I made. Well the day after I arrived we got up at 5am to leave the house at 6am to be ready to set up at the craft fair. My daughter took loads of her things and I took mine. We were there till about 4pm and some of my wallets sold but the fabric baskets didn't although they attracted lots of attention. My daughter on the other hand had an excellent day. I'm so proud of her. The large wallets in the photo below are her work along with matching fabric earrings and rings you can see at the back.
She also works in a little shop a couple of days a week run by a young lady who loves all things vintage and had said I could put the remainder of my things there to sell. Good move becasue the fabric baskets all went the first day except for one and that one too has sold now. I got permission from the girl to take photos of her shop to post on my blog so I could share them with you. The shops name is Olive.
Panta who owns the shop also makes some gorgeous boxes, magazine racks, wooden key holders, like the one on the left on the wall, the front has a hinged door that opens up to hang your keys, little wooden chest of draws, trays and mirrors. So pretty.
You can see her things better in this photo. Isn't that little sewing machine so cute. The wallets at the front are my daughter and mine. Hers are the larger ones and on the left bottom corner there are watches with long fabric straps which are also made by my daughter. They go like hotcakes.
Here is some of Panta's work.
See the little red polkadot fabric basket in the picture below. That was the last one that was left that I was telling you about.
These are some of the wallets my daughter sells in the shop and a few of the things that I make too. You might recognize some from previous posts.
In the shop there's also a selection of gift boxes and jewelery made by Panta.
It was from this little shop that my daughter saw a box before I arrived and bought it for me. It's the blue one in the photo below. I was absolutely delighted with it so ordered the pink pen holder from Panta which she kindly made in time for when I left. I'm going to be redoing my sewing room very soon in the future and it's going to be pink and blue inspired by these two purchases.
Now I had decided on the colour scheme I was on the look out for other things to add to my room and came across these two polkadot dishes that I wanted for keeping pins at the side of each of my sewing machines.
I just couldn't resist the green bag which I use to keep my tiny scissors and seam ripper.
Now I'm on the look out for curtain fabric to match my new goodies. Not as easy as I thought as I can't get the right colour pink.
I mentioned that I took an order while I was away and was busy sewing. These hearts were for the 'Olive' shop and I also had eighteen cushions made up in the same fabrics as the hearts but forgot to take photos of those. The fabrics were provided by Panta the shop owner and she also told me where I could buy them. Wait till you see what I bought. LOLL You may wonder why all the excitement but you see for those of you that don't know I live in the Middle East and can't get hold of these kinds of fabrics so when she told me about them I was bursting with excitement.
The red ones are made from felt.
Finally my purchases. Thirteen meters of fabric. I went over my budged and my daughter had to practically drag me out of the shop. She wouldn't let me check out any others after I bought these or else I'd have emptied my bank account LOLLL
The ones that got me really excited though were the three cupcake fabrics below and I also loved the hexi fabric. The blue one in the top right hand photo below has an apron print on it. So pretty and the quality is gorgeous. Ladies that do quilting abroad are so lucky to have these kind of fabrics. I won't be making anything to sell from these fabrics. They're just for me LOL
I also found felt sold by the meter and in every colour of the rainbow but just bought red and green. I must have been thinking of Christmas. I also bought reels of ribbon and lace and the acrylic colours my daughter gave me from when she was at uni.
Another thing I needed was zips. I bought 100 9" zips and 50 21" zips. One thing I would have loved to find but couldn't were the lace zips I've been seeing alot of on the web lately.
These I didn't buy, my daughter had them in her stash and gave them to me. Isn't it wonderful having a daughter who shares the same work and interests. The colour of the plain one didn't come out very well, it's should be a light greenish yellow, a bit like the colour of English mustard.
And she also gave me some of her scraps.
And that's it. Only other thing I didn't mention I bought was loads of white fabric in the top left hand corner of the photo below under the dark green one my daughter gave me and a pot of blackboard paint that I can't wait to start using.
Phew!!!! Did you manage to stay with me to the end. I should have taken my own advice and brought a cup of tea with me before I sat to write this post. Thanks for hanging in there.
I'm busy making things for the Olive Shop and my daughter will hopefully come in about three weeks time so I can hand them over to her. It will also be near my birthday and she has promised to buy me more fabric like the ones I showed you. I can hardly wait.
You probably won't hear form me for a few days until further test patterns are released. Did I hear a sigh of relief. LOLL
Thanks again for stopping by. I had so much fun sharing this post with you and hope you enjoyed it too.
Happy Sewing until the next time.
~ Maria ~